Arctic “doomsday” seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits

•February 28, 2017 • 3 Comments

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/23/arctic-doomsday-seed-vault-receives-50000-new-deposits.html

Nearly 10 years after a “doomsday” seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on the isolated island in a permafrost zone some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the North Pole, was opened in 2008 as a master backup to the world’s other seed banks, in case their deposits are lost.

The latest specimens sent to the bank, located on the Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, included more than 15,000 reconstituted samples from an international research center that focuses on improving agriculture in dry zones. They were the first to retrieve seeds from the vault in 2015 before returning new ones after multiplying and reconstituting them.

The specimens consisted of seed samples for some of the world’s most vital food sources like potato, sorghum, rice, barley, chickpea, lentil and wheat.

Speaking from Svalbard, Aly Abousabaa, the head of the International Center for Agricultural Research, said Thursday that borrowing and reconstituting the seeds before returning them had been a success and showed that it was possible to “find solutions to pressing regional and global challenges.”

The agency borrowed the seeds three years ago because it could not access its gene bank of 141,000 specimens in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, and so was unable to regenerate and distribute them to breeders and researchers.

“The reconstituted seeds will play a critical role in developing climate-resilient crops for generations,” Abousabaa said.

The 50,000 samples deposited Wednesday were from seed collections in Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, the U.S., Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Britain. It brought the total deposits in the snow-covered vault — with a capacity of 4.5 million — to 940,000.

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“The latest specimens sent to the bank, located on the Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, included more than 15,000 reconstituted samples from an international research center that focuses on improving agriculture in dry zones. They were the first to retrieve seeds from the vault in 2015 before returning new ones after multiplying and reconstituting them.”

“reconstituting”..is what exactly?

are they mutating some of the seeds and then sending them back to the vault?

“The 50,000 samples deposited Wednesday were from seed collections in Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, the U.S., Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Britain.”

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Witches cast mass spell on Trump

•February 28, 2017 • 10 Comments

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http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/25/witches-cast-spell-donald-trump-crescent-moon-removal-office

The forms of protests originating with liberals who still have not accepted the election results simply get weirder and weirder…

Witches across the country gathered together at midnight on Friday to cast a spell on President Donald Trump seeking to remove him from office.

The witches have pledged to cast a spell under each crescent moon until Trump is no longer president. The next few crescent moons are said to take place March 26, April 24 and May 23.

A Facebook group, Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump Feb. 24th, included the exact materials needed to cast the spell as well as the procedure to conduct the ritual.

Using the hashtag #BindTrump, witches nationwide shared photos and videos on social media placing their hex on Trump.

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it is what it is..

if there is a force behind occult magic then there has to be a counter force..thats how the world works..yin and yang..

“The witches have pledged to cast a spell under each crescent moon until Trump is no longer president. The next few crescent moons are said to take place March 26, April 24 and May 23.”

why crescent moons and not full ones?

oh, thats lana del rey in the image..with her cool “spell” hand sign..

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Sri Lankan elite discusses “frightening economic situation”

•February 28, 2017 • 3 Comments

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http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/22/econ-f22.html

The Colombo-based Sunday Times published a lengthy article last weekend about a secret meeting of government ministers and President Maithripala Sirisena. According to the newspaper, the high-level gathering discussed “what portends to be a frightening economic situation unfolding in the country.”

The meeting was briefed by Central Bank Governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy and his deputy, Nandalal Weerasinghe, and involved ministers from Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The SLFP is part of the “unity government” with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP). Another meeting involving UNP ministers is planned.

The Sunday Times reported that the Central Bank officials called for the Sri Lankan government to fully implement the austerity measures required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In exchange for a $US1.5 billion loan last August, the IMF demanded Colombo increase taxes, cut subsidies and impose various far-reaching economic reforms, including the privatisation of state-owned corporations. The government is currently preparing more attacks on the living conditions of workers and the poor.

Sri Lanka has been severely hit by the continuing downturn in the global economy and a prolonged drought that has destroyed key crops and driven up the prices of staple foods. Early this year, Central Bank chief Coomaraswamy described the economy as being “hospitalised” in the hands of the IMF.

Central Bank officials presented the ministers’ meeting with a detailed overview of domestic and foreign debt and associated debt-servicing problems. Weerasinghe said domestic debt had increased from $US30 billion (4,590 billion rupees) in 2010 to $62 billion in 2016. He said the annual servicing of Treasury bonds required $6.23 billion (945 billion rupees), but market sources had warned “the feasible amount” that could be raised was only $4.74 billion (720 billion rupees).

Recent reports have revealed that the official foreign reserves were only $5.5 billion in January, a fall of half a billion dollars over the previous 12 months. Foreign direct investment (FDI), according to the Board of Investments, halved to $300 million in 2016, from $600 million in 2015.

A recent Reuters news agency article also noted that “Sri Lankan policymakers face a tricky balancing act as the rupee comes under fresh selling pressure, hurt by capital outflows” due to the US Federal Reserve’s “more hawkish policy outlook and uncertainty caused by US President Donald Trump’s policies on trade, immigration and international relations.”

In an indication of increasing capital flight from Sri Lanka, foreign investors sold about $208 million worth of government securities during the four weeks to February 8. Exports have also declined and the rupee has depreciated by around 15 percent since January 2015, sharply pushing up domestic prices.

According to the IMF, which is working directly with Colombo, Sri Lanka’s “capital and financial account position has weakened due to foreign exits from government securities, lower FDI inflows, and slow implementation of externally financed public and private projects.”

The IMF said “investor sentiment has worsened, reflecting global market volatility and concern over domestic policies.” An IMF team visited Sri Lanka last week, with an expanded delegation expected to arrive shortly.

The IMF has proposed that $500 million be raised from the financial markets to compensate for the withdrawal of funds from securities. The finance ministry, however, expressed concerns over this proposal. Last weekend’sSunday Times said the ministry told the IMF it “would be imprudent to impose unjustified burdens on the people” and warned that “reluctance on the part of the IMF to show flexibility could destabilise the government.”

Irrespective of its concern, the government is already attempting to secure loans from the international markets. Last week, the cabinet approved efforts to raise $1.5 billion over the next few months to service the debt this year.

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“Central Bank officials called for the Sri Lankan government to fully implement the austerity measures required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In exchange for a $US1.5 billion loan last August”

at least we know who the central bank works for..

“According to the IMF, which is working directly with Colombo, Sri Lanka’s “capital and financial account position has weakened due to foreign exits from government securities, lower FDI inflows, and slow implementation of externally financed public and private projects.”

so here is some more money but do this first..who governs the country then?

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Yanis Varoufakis: “EU is particularly good at doing a terrible job”

•February 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/news/378195-greece-imf-varoufakis-bailout/

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described the measures taken by the EU to settle the economic crisis in Greece as a “terrible job.” The comment comes as Greece agrees to new reforms that are set to help the country qualify for cheaper loans.

“Isn’t it yet another piece of evidence that the European Union is particularly good at doing a terrible job, but handling what should be a very manageable crisis,” Varoufakis told CNN on Tuesday.

He noted that, in fact, the goals set for Athens are nearly impossible to reach. “The people at the IMF [International Monetary Fund]… told us that the Greek debt is unsustainable and the austerity that is being [imposed] upon Greece is catastrophic for the program itself.”

The minister added that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble “is determined” to get Greece out of the EU and that the bailout program was initially designed to fail. Varoufakis stressed that he obtained the information from Schauble himself.

“Merkel simply wants to extend and pretend until the German election is out of the way. The Greek government pretends it’s going to fulfill its target… but won’t do it. Yet again. It’s Europe.”

When asked whether the current Greek government plans to leave in case it doesn’t make any progress, Varoufakis said that it would depend on the negotiations between Merkel and Schauble.

“Schauble wants Grexit, Merkel doesn’t want Grexit. They haven’t worked it out… Until they make up their mind, this government is going to stay in power,” the minister noted.

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cant argue with that!

The people at the IMF [International Monetary Fund]… told us that the Greek debt is unsustainable and the austerity that is being [imposed] upon Greece is catastrophic for the program itself.”

uh huh..

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Blackwater heads to China

•February 27, 2017 • 27 Comments

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https://www.corbettreport.com/blackwater-heads-to-china/

OK, OK, not Blackwater. That’s the mercenary force of convicted war criminals founded by Erik Prince that will never outrun its infamy no matter how many times it changes its name.

No, no, no! Not Blackwater! It’s Frontier Services Group—an entirely different mercenary group chaired by Erik Prince—that is heading to China! And they’re not there to sell mercenary services! Absolutely not. They’re merely opening some “forward operating bases” to help the Chinese train “ex-” PLA soldiers how to be mercenaries! It’s entirely different!

Now that we have that clear, some context: Erik Prince is the notorious mercenary who believes he’s the modern-day descendant of “Wild Bill” Donovan. (Prince even named his youngest son, Charles Donovan Prince, after Bill.) Prince’s budding career as a contract killer went down in flames in 2009 after it was revealed that Blackwater was a front for a secret CIA assassination program. He later admitted that Blackwater “became a virtual extension of the CIA” and took orders directly from the agency, but by that point the news spotlight had shifted elsewhere.

As I reported last year, however, that was certainly not the end of Prince or his machinations. He reappeared on the news radar in 2016 after it was revealed he was once again under federal investigation, this time for allegedly attempting to broker mercenary services to foreign governments and launder money for Libyan officials through a Chinese bank.

Things only got stranger when Prince hopped on board the Trump train with $150,000 in donations to Trump’s PAC, becoming a regular guest on Stephen Bannon’s Breitbart radio program where he advocated reviving the Phoenix Program, the US government’s death/torture squad campaign which it tested out in Vietnam and has become the blueprint for operations around the world (and in the US itself through the Department of Homeland Security). In return, Trump appointed Prince’s sister as the new Secretary of Education and took Prince himself on as an unacknowledged advisor.

And if all that wasn’t enough, here comes the latest news: Erik Prince’s new company is “setting up a private army for China.”

Here’s what we know:

Erik Prince is now chairman of Frontier Services Group, a publicly listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that bills itself as a “security and logistics services” provider.

Late last year Frontier Services Group put out a press release in which they boasted of their new corporate strategy: Cashing in on the Chinese government’s trillion dollar “New Silk Road” gamble.

The new strategy includes setting up forward operating bases in China’s Yunnan province and the troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, ostensibly to provide “training, communications, risk mitigation, risk assessments, information gathering, medevac” and “security, logistics and aviation services” to “businesses in the surrounding countries.”

Multiple sources inside the company are now blowing the whistle on the proposal, however, alleging that Prince has “been working very, very hard to get China to buy into a new Blackwater” and is “hell bent on reclaiming his position as the world’s preeminent private military provider.”

FSG has denied the “new Blackwater” allegations, stating that “FSG’s services do not involve armed personnel or training armed personnel” and adding that the new bases would only be used to “help non-military personnel provide close protection security, without the use of arms,” but this is the same company that denied the 2016 reports that Prince was courting the Chinese government for “security services” in the first place. According to the new report:

“When Frontier later told its board it was shifting into security services — largely to assist China’s international development policy — the development disgusted two American executives at Prince’s Hong Kong company.

“Gregg Smith, the former CEO of Frontier, said he was ready to quit last March if Erik Prince was not removed from the company. Then, at a board meeting late that month, he said a company official made clear that Frontier would be providing security services in support of Chinese government objectives.”

The report reveals that Retired US Admiral William Fallon resigned along with Smith after the new strategy was revealed to the board: “That wasn’t what I signed up for.”

Regardless of what FSG’s board thought they were signing up for, it’s hardly surprising that a company chaired by Erik “We Need A New Phoenix Program” “CIA Contractor” “Trump Advisor” Prince is pushing to start a military contracting relationship with a major foreign power. Of course, it is actually against the law for any US company to provide “defense articles or defense services” to China, but since when have mere laws stopped an Erik Prince company from doing what it wants overseas? Besides, that’s why the “forward operating base” idea has been given the fig-leaf of providing services to companies in “surrounding countries” when the bases themselves are in China. And this is why the company will be contracting with sheepdipped ex-PLA goons rather than the Chinese military itself.

But wait…I thought Oceania was supposed to be at war with Eastasia? Why would a Trump advisor be aiding the main “enemy” of the incoming Trump administration? It’s almost like the whole conflict is a set up that’s being puppeteered by powerful forces behind the scenes as part of Cold War 2.0 to keep the masses in a constant state of fear of the new (secretly supported) Boogeyman. But that couldn’t be the case, could it?

Oh, that’s right: The largest shareholder in Frontier Services Group is CITIC. And for those who already know about China and the New World Order the circle is complete.

Better get used to the sight of Erik Prince and familiarize yourself with Frontier Services Group. Sadly, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of both over the next 4–8 years.

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“Erik Prince is now chairman of Frontier Services Group, a publicly listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that bills itself as a “security and logistics services” provider. Late last year Frontier Services Group put out a press release in which they boasted of their new corporate strategy: Cashing in on the Chinese government’s trillion dollar “New Silk Road” gamble.”

we have all seen it..that turd that just wont flush away..

thats erik..erik has a sister..do you know who she is?

the article above has enough links to bring you up to date on blackwater oops..FSG..

“Prince has “been working very, very hard to get China to buy into a new Blackwater” and is “hell bent on reclaiming his position as the world’s preeminent private military provider.”

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Trump’s orders will cut Obama’s climate change policies..300 scientists say reject UN climate change agency

•February 27, 2017 • 13 Comments

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-climate-water-rules-executive-action-barack-obama-a7591866.html

President Donald Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.

While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production and economic activity even when those activities collide with some environmental safeguards. Individuals familiar with the proposals asked for anonymity to describe them in advance of their announcement, which could come as soon as this week.

One executive order, aimed at bolstering American energy independence, will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rewriting the 2015 regulation that limits greenhouse-gas emissions from existing electric utilities. It also instructs the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing.

A second order will instruct the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to revamp a 2015 rule, known as the Waters of the United States rule, that applies to 60 percent of the water bodies in the country. That regulation – issued under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which gives the federal government authority over not only major water bodies but also the wetlands, rivers and streams that feed into them – restricts development as well as some farming operations on the grounds that these activities could pollute the smaller or intermittent bodies of water or choke them off altogether.

Trump has joined many industry groups in criticising these rules as examples of the federal government exceeding its authority and curbing economic growth. While any move to undo these policies will spark new legal battles and entail work within the agencies that could take as long as a year and a half to finalise, the orders could affect investment decisions within the utility, mining, agriculture and real estate sectors, as well as activities on the ground.

Trump, who signed legislation last week that nullified a recent regulation prohibiting surface-mining operations from dumping waste in nearby waterways, said he was eager to support coal miners who had backed his presidential bid. “The miners are a big deal,” he said Thursday. “I’ve had support from some of these folks right from the very beginning, and I won’t forget it.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/23/hundreds-scientists-urge-trump-withdraw-un-climate/

More than 300 scientists have urged President Trump to withdraw from the U.N.’s climate change agency, warning that its push to curtail carbon dioxide threatens to exacerbate poverty without improving the environment.

In a Thursday letter to the president, MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen called on the United States and other nations to “change course on an outdated international agreement that targets minor greenhouse gases,” starting with carbon dioxide.

“Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm — with no environmental benefits,” said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist.

Signers of the attached petition include the U.S. and international atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, physicists, professors and others taking issue with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], which was formed in 1992 to combat “dangerous” climate change.

The 2016 Paris climate accord, which sets nonbinding emissions goals for nations, was drawn up under the auspices of the UNFCCC.

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lindzen fights the good fight..

“Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm — with no environmental benefits,” said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist.”

trump is about to become the green religions number one enemy..abbott lost his title when he lost his job..

“they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production and economic activity even when those activities collide with some environmental safeguards.”

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Russia to clear entire Soviet debt by year end

•February 27, 2017 • 3 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/business/377676-russia-pays-soviet-debt/

Moscow will pay off the balance of the debt inherited from the Soviet Union this year, Izvestia daily reports, quoting sources in the Russian Ministry of Finance.

Last week, the Finance Ministry said it had cleared the $60.6 million debt to Macedonia. This means that the last debt of the Soviet Union is $125.2 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both countries were formed after the breakup of Yugoslavia and won the right to reclaim part of the Soviet debt.

“The agreement has taken a long time to get ready, a preliminary agreement has been signed. The final version just needs signing, it’s a matter of a few months. It will be a single tranche through VEB [Russian state bank of foreign economic affairs]. There are no difficulties there, the question will be resolved by the summer,” a source in the Russian Finance Ministry told Izvestia. The debt will be paid off within 45 days after the agreement is signed, the source said.

The USSR’s foreign debt was accumulated in various ways. Obligations to Western countries accrued in the debt market after 1983. The money owed to the former Yugoslavia was as a result of trade.

“On the one hand, the USSR supplied Yugoslavia with products of the defense industry and energy. On the other, Yugoslavia sold consumer goods to the USSR. The debt was formed due to the difference in the value of imports and exports,” managing partner of law firm HEADS Consulting Aleksandr Bazykin told the daily.

Russia paid off the Soviet debt to the Paris Club [19 creditors mostly in the Western bloc including the US and the UK] in 2006, but could have delayed it until 2115, Bazykin said. At the fall of communism, the Paris Club debt was about $60 billion.

According to Finance Professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Yury Rudenkov, the question of the Soviet debt is more political than economic.

“It is important for the international status that we have recognized the USSR debts and paid them off. While doing so, we have forgiven debts from countries such as Vietnam and Algeria,” he said.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the newly formed Russian Federation inherited a growing external debt of over $66 billion with barely a few billion dollars in net gold and foreign exchange reserves.

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thats very studious of the russians..note how the paris club of private investors had their claws well and truly involved in this “payback” via loans..

“Russia paid off the Soviet debt to the Paris Club [19 creditors mostly in the Western bloc including the US and the UK] in 2006, but could have delayed it until 2115, Bazykin said. At the fall of communism, the Paris Club debt was about $60 billion.”

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